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KratosMD

Just finished watching the final season of Orange is the New Black. I have to say, for it being the show's last season, it ended on a pretty good note. At first I wasn't prepared for the change of tone in the series. For those who haven't watched it, it's a comedy show about female prison inmates and how they go about their daily lives. I've been following it since the first season came out and I consider it to be the funniest show on Netflix. However, for the last season, the creators decided to focus on more serious topics such as rehabilitation of inmates in general (education, finances etc.), how illegal immigrants are treated in USA and also about helping these people in real life via the creative team's own fund raiser that was made based on one of the characters of the show, which I thought was very cool.

At first I didn't like the change of tone since I always come to have certain expectations about shows when I've watched numerous seasons already. So the first couple of episodes were not what I wanted. However, the more I watched the more I started appreciating the messages of the show and the unfair circumstances many inmates are facing in USA. Some scenes were truly heartbreaking, but one that really got to me was when they showed children in court without any parents who were going to be deported. The judge read them their rights and asked if they had a lawyer with them, or if they even knew what a lawyer was. It was absolutely sickening to see this being done to children, it's totally unnecessary and disrespectful. (Just to clarify, all of this was fictional, not real scenes, but I'm guessing it is based on real events)

So while I did have mixed feelings about the final season overall, I at least appreciate the direction the creators took it just to end off on a good note. I'm both happy and sad to see the show end, but it's been going on for a long time now and it was time for a proper sendoff. Highly recommend watching it if any of you haven't done so yet!

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KratosMD

Just finished watching season 2 of DC Titans on Netflix. It was overall a very good season, much better than the first one which focused too much on origin stories, which is understandable. I don't know many of these characters in general so it's a great thing to see them get some attention in modern media.

Anyway, I thought the first episode felt out of place since it should've been included in the first season. The cliffhanger at the end of season 1 was completely unnecessary because after the first episode of season 2, the storyline completely changes to something else. But after that, the story keeps up a good pace until all the flashback episodes. I get why they are there but the plot felt so freaking disjointed because of them. I just wanted to see the main gang continue on with the story.

The one great aspect of this season though was the introduction of so many new characters. I really liked that since it provided so much variety in every episode. Moreover, the team that we have right now is really good but I can't help but feel that the thing that happened at the end of the season finale felt incredibly forced and stupid. I hope though that the next season will be more consistent with the episodes now that we should have all the characters we need for the complete team. I'd seriously be annoyed if they keep adding more flashback episodes/origin stories at that point. I just want to see more action now rather than distractions for the characters.

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JohnnyShoulder

Disney+ is £5.99 a month or £59.99 a year. Which is really good for service offering UHD content. It's also arriving a week early for UK viewers. You'll now be able to start watching as of 24 March 2020, a full seven days before the previous 31 March launch-date.

https://www.gamesradar.com/uk/disney-plus-uk-price/

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There is no longer a good time to release a game. There are only less s**t times to release a game

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Th3solution

@JohnnyShoulder I’ve actually been really impressed with Disney+. For the price, it has a boatload of content — from classic full length animated movies, to MCU (minus Spider-Man’s films), to all kinds of Star Wars content great and small, to every random Disney channel show where the likes of Zac Effron and Selena Gomez got their start as kids, to loads of nature documentaries, to surprise inclusions like Flubber and Secretariat and The Simpsons...
Nevertheless, after watching The Mandalorian , the Star Wars prequels, and a few of the animated Star Wars shorts, I haven’t turned it back on in a few weeks now.

To be fair, that’s how I treat Netflix as well. I just make nice, long watch lists of all the series that look interesting and then I never watch them. Some people collect baseball cards, some collect rare coins... I collect lists of shows I want to watch.

It’s ok. People say it’s a waste of my money, but I consider my Netflix subscription is like paying my tax in order to live in the 21st Century.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

nessisonett

@Th3solution Have they sorted the aspect ratio of Simpson’s yet? Last I heard all the old episodes were stretched and it cut off part of the picture.

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JohnnyShoulder

@Th3solution Even if you only watch the star wars films, a years sub will most likely be cheaper then getting the box set that is being released at around the same time. I have Netflix permanently, only because my mum has a profile on my account. But I always have at least two shows to watch from the big N, and then rotate another service. At the moment that is Amazon Prime, so that will probably be rotated out for Disney+. I'm in no rush however, and if I'm in the middle of a series I'm enjoying, I'm not gonna suddenly ditch one service just because something new and shiny has come along.

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Th3solution

@nessisonett I just checked, and it does look like the episodes for season 1 are probably partially zoomed in and the top and bottom trimmed a bit to make the aspect ratio work and fill the screen on my phone. It looks fine though and I can’t say it looks stretched or weird. If you hadn’t said something I’m not sure I would have noticed. The early seasons look a little dated at best anyways.
I don’t see any settings or options to change the aspect ratio either. I guess it would have been nice to have the option to change it to the original picture for those who want the classic experience. Again, this is on my phone, so I don’t know how it might work on the TV app, Roku, etc or on a desktop computer; I’ve only used the service on my phone so far and it functions really seamlessly and looks great. They do have a section entitled “UHD and HDR” where I guess all the content that is compatible with the highest visual fidelity is. So if you are going to be watching the new High School Musical: The Series on your 77 inch OLED 4K TV then it should look good and take advantage of available technology.
The app also has both streaming and download options, btw. It works just like Netflix. It actually is organized a little better than Netflix, the menu and interface are a little cleaner and more appealing, and they have content organized into some nice categories (like the aforementioned “UHD and HDR” or “Feel Good Sports Movies” for example). There is also sub profiles, just like Netflix so you can create your own watchlist separate from your family member’s. I think it works like Netflix in that you are allowed to stream on two devices at a time, or maybe three, I forget. I think it’s two.

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Th3solution

@nessisonett
Edit: As a follow up... out of curiosity, I just checked several other old shows — The first season of Hannah Montana, Boy Meets World, and some episodes from the Animated Spider-Man TV series from the 80’s and the one from the 90’s, and they all appear to have kept the content in the original 4:3 square aspect ratio. I’m not sure why The Simpson’s appears to be the only one that was changed.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

KALofKRYPTON

@Th3solution From what I remember from an article about it, there's a significant amount of cropping that affects a couple of visual gags here and there. Also, I think Fox did it previously for a streaming release on Hulu or something and Disney are just using the same source.

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Th3solution

@KALofKRYPTON Ah, I see. I guess that is a little annoying then if the cropping affects some of the meaning of a scene. That’s what happens when a show has 30 seasons though — the content spans a whole technological generation. Actually a couple generations. 😄

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RogerRoger

Just when I think I'm out, they pull me back in...

Along with the news that we're getting Disney+ a week early now, this has cheered me right up.

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nessisonett

Watched about 10 minutes of Avenue 5. Not very good at all, despite a good cast and being written by Armando Iannucci. It made the fatal flaw of just not being funny. Ah well, I try so many shows that there’s bound to be a few stinkers in there.

Socks before or after trousers, but never socks before pants, that's the rule. Makes a man look scary, like a chicken.

JohnnyShoulder

@nessisonett You only watched 10 minutes? I usually give stuff at least a couple of episodes before ditching them.

We are now in a world of people being offended for other people who they think should be offended, who arent offended.

There is no longer a good time to release a game. There are only less s**t times to release a game

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nessisonett

@JohnnyShoulder Genuinely, it was that bad. Me and my mum just looked at each other during the first advert break and silently decided that the show was not for us.

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KALofKRYPTON

@nessisonett Ouch.

I think the inability to satirise the current political landscape with any sort of effectiveness forced him in to another genre. I'll give it a go at some point.

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KALofKRYPTON

Apparently the Obi Wan TV show is on hold because KK wasn't happy with the scripts. Not read any more about it apart from that, but... Could they just get someone else to check them over rather than going by Kennedy's judgment?

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RogerRoger

@KALofKRYPTON Isn't all this stemming from a parody Twitter account which joked that Ewan McGregor had quit the show, citing creative differences? I thought everything had been debunked.

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RogerRoger

@KALofKRYPTON
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Although there is some hope, as somebody asked Ewan McGregor about all this at a Birds of Prey PR event last night and he is quoted as saying "The scripts are really, really good. They want to make them better. And they just slid the production to shooting next year. So it's not as dramatic as it sounds. I just got [to the PR event] tonight, and it's like, oh my God look at all this stuff! It's not that dramatic. I think we have the same... we're airing on the same day and all that stuff."

Some might argue that he'd say that regardless, but he's always seemed a fairly no-nonsense, honest kinda celebrity, so I'm willing to believe him more than YouTube rumour-peddlers for now.

Besides, I'm giving Star Wars the benefit of the doubt this week, thanks to that awesome new trailer for The Clone Wars (in which my partner spotted a particular Padawan attending the holo-meeting, a detail I'd completely missed, and so now I'm even more excited than I was).

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KALofKRYPTON

@RogerRoger
Hopefully it is just a simple delay to tighten things up.

If they're targeting the quality of The Mandalorian, they won't go too awry.

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